Welcome Challengers to the 2021 Team Draft

Each student will download the topic selection formFrom the topic choices offered this year, rank your top 3 selections on the form and email to the Program Manager by 

Monday, October 18, 2021 at 9 am (Mountain Time).

Carbon dioxide is captured, compressed and transported for storage deep underground until needed for a range of uses. Canada is well-suited for this tech, with 7 large sedimentary basins for permanent geological sequestration of captured CO2, a stable legal/regulatory system and significant experience with well drilling and injection, not to mention the Alberta Carbon Trunk Line.

Methane emissions have a direct impact on climate change, and will be a dominant topic of global interest at this year’s COP26 discussions (October 31 – November 12, 2021).

Geothermal energy is produced by extracting the heat of the earth’s crust using water/steam from wells in open systems with an aquifer and hot convective zone. It is used for heating, cooling and power generation in greenhouse production, aquaculture and health spas. Scalable, on-demand heating/cooling is also achieved using a closed-loop system that circulates fluid contained in subsurface pipes. CanGEA recently completed a feasibility study to implement geothermal resources in place of diesel  in Nunavut communities.

Small modular reactors have a capacity of <300 MWe. Using the GoCo governance model, Canada has been exploring the potential for on- and off-grid applications of SMRs. Saskatchewan is the world’s 2nd-largest producer of uranium. SMRs are built for generating electricity from nuclear power and for process heat without the need for large grid systems. Modular designs accommodate module factory fabrication and short construction times. Policy issues associated with the disposal of radioactive waste in near-surface disposal facilities vs deep geological repositories (DGR) have been raised by the Saugeen Ojibway Nation.

Hydrogen gas does not occur naturally. Conventional tech uses steam-methane reforming (CH4 + H2O ⇌ CO + 3H2), where natural gas is used as the feedstock. Low-carbon tech uses water electrolysis (2H2O ⇌ 2H2O + O2). While the commercial use of electrolysers is not new, advances are being made in this clean tech for use in: H2-car fuel, H2-injection into the gas grid, industrial processes, electricity storage, and synthetic fuel manufacturing.


Energy storage for use at a later time is a game-changer in environments where access to resources is limited for any number of reasons. Some examples include: compressed air and lithium batteries.

There will be 4 teams of students announced by Thursday, Oct.21, 2021 at 12:00 pm (MDT).  Student Orientation will take place Friday, Oct.22 at 10:00 am (MDT) via Zoom.   SAVE THE DATE!